M+ Screenings: Stillness in Motion
Why We Recommend it
Drawing together films from across Asia, this weekend-long film programme explores contemporary cinema’s relationship to Asian philosophy and ink art.
Organised by the West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ Screenings: Stillness in Motion features a thoughtfully curated programme that foregrounds minimalist, poetic, and contemplative films that downplay action in favour of mood, evocativeness, and an intensified sense of temporality.
Each of the selected films reflect upon different characteristics of traditional Chinese painting, such as vast empty landscapes, multi-dimensional treatments of time, and vertical framing. Titles include Kim di-duk’s acclaimed drama Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (South Korea, 2003), that follows the life of a Buddhist monk as he passes through the seasons of his life, from childhood to old age, and The Assassin (Taiwan/China/Hong Kong, 2015), a wuxia movie about a female assassin who receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader.
All selected movies are created by filmmakers who employ the aesthetics of slow cinema in order to sharpen the perception and stimulate the imagination of the viewer.
The film programme is organised in response to the The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+ exhibition.